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Tuesday, 10 May 2011
The Sweet Smell of a Bargain
I was in a store a couple of months ago and found some really lovely shoes displayed on the shelf and was startled when I saw the price. $19.99. I tried one shoe on. It felt really good. I put the other shoe on and walked around a bit. Gee, they were comfy! I wondered if at $19.99 the heel would fall off the first time they got wet. Oh well, they are under $20.00, I would give them a try. Box under my arm, off I marched to the check out counter.
Next day, on went the new shoes.
Driving to work I noticed a definite smell of gas and worried that perhaps the fuel pump was going on my car. I arrived at work , grabbed a coffee, sat at my desk and noticed that the smell of petroleum was still with me. After thirty minutes or so I had a headache and my nostrils and throat were burning.
I decided is wasn't residue from my car. I took a shoe off my foot and gave it a sniff .
Just as I thought - it was my cheap shoes that smelled.
I had a meeting to attend out of the building and as I was walking along the street I worried that any small spark would ignite the gassy shoes and I would burst into flames.
Since that day the shoes have been airing out on my deck.
I have sprayed them with Febreze, I have washed them in soap and water, I have filled them with activated charcoal. They still smell like petroleum.
They are just so cute and so comfortable and so impossible to wear!
$19.99 shoes now on a direct path to the trash bin. It is a sad day.